The SEC spring meetings are going on, and the 14 coaches in the conference are discussing various issues related to the conference, such as whether or not to expand the schedule. They took a vote on whether or not the league should go from their current eight-game format to nine games, and although it didn't officially decide anything, the result was pretty resounding:
Spurrier says the vote in favor of keeping an 8 game SEC schedule was 13-1.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) May 29, 2013
13-1, you say? Hmm, I wonder who the coach in favor of adding an extra SEC opponent to the slate might have been?
Les Miles said coaches unanimously in favor of eight-game schedule by 13-1 count. Only guy for nine is Saban— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerCBS) May 29, 2013
Ahhh, Little Nicky. So tiny, so devilish, and so, so fun to write about. Hmm, 13-1 -- reminds me a bit of Alabama's record this season because they couldn't beat A&M, Paul.
Honestly, though, it's no surprise Saban is the only guy in favor of this. Coaches crave wins, and an eight-game conference schedule means one less opportunity to guarantee one and .5 less home games per season. Saban rarely has to worry about his team scrounging to bowl eligibility and can afford an SEC loss a year and still make the national title game. Those aren't luxuries most coaches can afford, but that's Alabama football.
The SEC still considers its yearly schedules "bridges" to an eventual rotation, so its likely there may be a nine-game schedule, even if everybody is currently in favor of eight.
Other coaches on why they didn't want a nine-game schedule:
Will Muschamp said earlier that he thinks it's inevitable for the SEC to go to nine games. Won't happen in 2014 but it's coming— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) May 29, 2013
Kevin Sumlin said he prefers 8 games and so does Mark Stoops. Sumlin thinks you can spread games out more throughout the year— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) May 29, 2013
Stoops doesn't like the idea of nine games at all. He said it hurts teams that are trying to build. Could also end the Louisville game— Edward Aschoff (@AschoffESPN) May 29, 2013